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Rock group Chicago coming to Coliseum
Chicago, one of the most successful bands in rock history, is heads to the U.S. Cellular Coliseum for a concert Dec. 5.

BLOOMINGTON - With the Foreigner-Styx concert just a week away and Ted Nugent still in the wings, Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum has announced another concert headlining a veteran rock-pop act.

Chicago, the decades-spanning band with a career that spans the late '60s to the present, has been booked for a Dec. 5 show at the venue.

Though ticket prices have been announced - $55 and $65 - a sale date is still to be determined.

According to Coliseum officials, that date won't come until after Labor Day.

The group, which marked its 40th anniversary in February, has sold more than 120 million records and scored 50 hit singles, including 20 that reached the Top 10.

Among them: "Saturday in the Park," "Make Me Smile," "25 or 6 to 4," "Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is," "Beginnings" and "If You Leave Me Now."

The band's current lineup includes original members James Pankow, Robert Lamm, Walt Parazaider and Lee Loughnane.

Rounding out the lineup are Bill Champlin, who joined in 1982; Jason Scheff, on board since 1987; Tris Imboden, a member since 1992; and Keith Howland, the most recent addition, in 1996.

In terms of album sales, Chicago has produced 18 gold and 13 platinum albums. Twelve have reached the top 10, and five have hit No. 1.

The band was formed in the city after which it is named in 1967, when a group of DePaul University music students began playing together.

During its '70s heyday, Chicago scored more hit singles than any other band of the decade.

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